Patrick Gibson (born 19 July 1961) is an Irish quizzer. On 24 April 2004 he became the fourth contestant to win the £1m jackpot on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. He is a multiple world champion in quizzing and one of the world's most successful quiz players. He is best known for winning several quiz shows and being a panellist on Eggheads. He was born, raised and educated in Ireland but currently lives in the United Kingdom and competes as part of the England quiz team. As of 5 December 2018, Gibson is currently the No. 1 ranked quizzer in the world.
Early life and education
Pat was born in Galway in 1961. He moved to Letterkenny, County Donegal in the early 1970s. He was educated at Scoil Colmcille and St Eunan's College in Letterkenny. Pat holds an engineering degree from University College Galway. He emigrated to the United Kingdom in the 1980s, where he trained as a COBOL computer programmer.
TV quiz shows
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
On his one million pound question, he still had his 50:50 and phone a friend (he had used the Ask-the-Audience lifeline on the £64,000 question). The question was "Which of these is not one of the American Triple Crown horse races?" Gibson used the 50:50 first, where B. "Belmont Stakes" and D. "Preakness Stakes" disappeared. He then used his phone-a-friend option, phoning Mark Kerr (a highly ranked British quiz player and winner of TV's "Brainiest Estate Agent" title, as well as winner of £250,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) who said he was 90% sure the answer was Arlington Million, which was Pat's original instinct. Gibson had acted as Kerr's phone-a-friend during his appearance on the show during the same series (15), broadcast weeks before Gibson's success.
He was the only person in the United Kingdom to reach the one million pound question with two lifelines remaining. He correctly answered 'Arlington Million' to win £1 million.
Brain of Britain
Eggheads and Are You an Egghead?
Gibson competed in both the first and second series of Are You an Egghead?, a series seeking a new panellist to join the resident team on the BBC Two / 12 Yard quiz show Eggheads. In the first series, he was beaten in the quarter-finals by friend Mark Kerr. He returned for the second series in 2009, and won the final broadcast on 23 November 2009, beating fellow Mastermind and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? winner David Edwards and thereby claiming a place on the Eggheads team.
National and international quizzing championships
|British Championships (BQC)|
|2004 Old Trafford||Singles|
|2003 Villa Park||Singles|
|2004 Old Trafford||Singles|
|2004 Ghent||National Team|
|2005 Tallinn||National Team|
|2006 Paris||National Team|
|2007 Blackpool||National Team|
|2008 Oslo||National Team|
|2009 Dordrecht||National Team|
|2010 Derby||National Team|
|2012 Tartu||National Team|
|2013 Liverpool||National Team|
|2014 Bucharest||National Team|
|2015 Rotterdam||National Team|
|2016 Athens||National Team|
|2017 Zagreb||National Team|
He has amassed 25 international medals (7 gold, 11 silver and 7 bronze), the second highest total ever (behind Kevin Ashman with 27) and is ranked the second strongest player in the World/Europe. In 2007 Gibson won the IQA World Quizzing Championship. In pairs competitions he partners Ian Bayley and they have won the British and European titles.
In 2010 Gibson won the IQA World Quizzing Championship achieving an all-time high score of 180/210, defeating both Kevin Ashman and Belgian Ronny Swiggers who tied at 169/210. In the 2010 EQC Gibson had the highest accumulated score in terms of the number of correct answers, and would have won the Singles title with a normal scoring system of 1 point for each correct answer, as he had 2 more than the eventual winner, Olav Bjortomt. Gibson retained the World Quizzing Championship title in 2011 with a score of 186/210, a 10-point margin over Kevin Ashman, and won again in 2013 with a score of 172/210.
Despite being originally from Ireland, Gibson competes for the England team.
Pat plays in the Summer in the Orrell and District League for the Millstone team, and in the winter in the Ormskirk league for Collywobblers.
- "Current Standings – World Quiz Rankings".
- "Face to Face with Pat Gibson". independent. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
- Donegal Democrat Ex- St. Eunan's student wins Mastermind championship Archived 18 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- "IRELAND'S SMARTEST MAN? Who Wants To Be A Millionaire winner Pat Gibson". Bray People. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
- Face to Face with Pat Gibson Wexford People, September 29, 2010.
- "Estate agent is a quiz king". St Helens Reporter. St Helens Reporter. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- Kindon, Frances (15 April 2020). "Millionaire winners now - bankruptcy, backlash and gruesome gardening accidents". mirror. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
- International Quizzing Association, Rankings
- World Quizzing Championships 2010
- Interview with Pat Gibson on the Norwegian Quiz Association website.
| Top prize winner on
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (UK)
24 April 2004